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Library progress

You guys, I'm not a very good blogger. I thought that during this quarantine I would post every day during the week and keep you up to date with what's going on over here, and here I am posting for the second time. If you follow us on instagram, you'll see that we've been working our butts off though. We've gotten so much done but at the same time it feels like we have forever to go. It's crazy that we've lived in this house for almost a year and we're just now able to put our clothes in closets, haha (closet posts coming soon!). 
The first room and real project we took on when we moved in was the library. It wasn't very exciting, but there wasn't really anything wrong with it either except for the fact that the dark wood made the room feel a little cold (see photos below). I definitely wanted to use a color other than white (surprise, surprise) and the more we thought about it, we also wanted to add beadboard to the wall behind the shelves. We talked about adding trim to the surround to give it a true built-in look, but that couldn't be done until the floors were installed. Along with adding trim, we also wanted to add picture lights for the ultimate cozy library feel. Well, now that the floors have been installed for months, B finally had the time to work on it (in reality I think he wanted to take a break from working on closets). 

Window Trim

Amidst all of the other projects we have going on, we got a delivery of lumber for our trim and baseboard and a new router table for Brandon. He wanted to test out the bit on his new router table and once he started going he couldn't stop. B's making all of the trim and baseboards himself and installing them all (by himself) and he's doing a wonderful job. I'm just soooooo happy about it. Not having trim up makes a room look incredibly unfinished, so this is just more light at the end of the tunnel. I spackled the nail holes but still have to sand and caulk everything before I can prime and paint.

Countertops and Doors and Stairs, Oh My!

You guys, I just realized it's been over a month since our last post. I'm the worst.

We haven't had a ton going on over here recently. I finally finished painting all of the windows which took forever. I still need to spray out the hardware, but it feels so good to get that tedious job done. Also, B and I looked at countertops last week and found a slab that we really like. We're still weighing our options though and are planning on going to a few more places to look. We're planning on going with caesarstone as it's impervious to heat and staining, but finding the right color is super hard. We like white with very faint gray marks in it.

Aside from that, we're trying to figure out what's next on our list of important projects that need to get done. This week we have people coming over to install our doors!!!! Please excuse my excitement, it's just that we haven't had doors on any of the rooms (except one bathroom, haha) for about six months. I can't wait to shut doors to hall closets and unfinished rooms. The next big thing on our list is to get the stairway finished... we have new treads for the existing staircase but we had a builder come over to check it out and the whole thing needs to be rebuilt. It's ok though because it'll make it easier to install new newel posts, spindles and possibly handrails. Lots of work, but it'll make a huge visual impact since you see the staircase right when you walk in.

We're also hoping to get the laundry room floor done soon. Our laundry room connects our house to our garage, so we want to use the same natural stone we plan on using for our front walkway (I believe it's bluestone). The same stone will eventually be used as flooring for our screened in back porch, but that's a ways away. We already have the cabinets for the laundry room, so it should be a super quick project to finish once the floors are in.

The last huge thing we're trying to figure out is our new front door. We're planning on a dutch door because we love the idea of opening it up halfway in the spring/summer. Along with the front door we also need new sidelites and a transom because it's easier to buy everything all done and prehung. It's going to be so nice to have a bunch of light coming in through the front door.

Here's a mockup of our new door design
Other than these big projects, we still have to finish painting ceilings, caulk, install vents, new light switch and outlet covers, as well as window trim and moulding (which I can't wait for!). We're trying to put our focus on the interior before we start doing things to the exterior. There's still a billion and one things to do, but it's all getting there.